Burke’s General Armory

Measuring in at a lithe 1185 pages, Sir John Bernard Burke’s, The General Armory of England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales: Comprising a Registry of Armorial Bearings from the Earliest to the Present Time provides the starting point for many a genealogist’s exploration...

What is the Female form of an Earl?

Gina from California wrote in to ask what the female form of the English noble title Earl is. Thanks for your question Gina. First, to give you the quick answer if you don’t want to bother about the long-winded explanation: The wife of an Earl, or a woman who may hold...
Yellow, Gold or Mustard

Yellow, Gold or Mustard

As you probably know, Or, the metal gold in arms is usually depicted as yellow, although gold leaf is used in many illuminated manuscripts and more fancy arms. Rarely, very rarely in fact, Yellow is actually Yellow. Although rare everywhere, it is more common in...
Abatement

Abatement

An abatement is the theoretic use of a charge or ordinary of a staynard tincture (sanguine or tenne), usualy in reverse or to the sinister which denotes some dishonor of the bearer of the coat of arms.  Sometimes also called a Rebatement. As the use of arms is not...